NWR: Uggs vs Hunter rain boots vs your suggestions..

posted 2 years ago in Shoes
Post # 2
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I would suggest something like these:


I have both Uggs and Hunters, and neither are really great for winter. Uggs are not waterproof, even if you waterproof them. I would not walk through heavy snow or rain with them on. Hunters are just very uncomfortable and not very warm, even with sock inserts. I find they are best for rain in the spring/fall. 

Post # 3
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

graygodess20:  While I can’t speak for Hunters, I have Uggs that I only wear in the fall/early winter when I know that the weather will be perfectly dry. Even though I treat them every time I wear them, the suede is just not very durable and I din’t want to risk ruining them. People have destroyed these very expensive boots with the salt stains and snow on them. They look disgusting by the end of the winter, in my opinion.


I’d avoid both and go with Sorels. They are waterproof, warm (good fr up to -32C/-25F)and really great for winter! (I’m Canadian, and we have had some crazy winters, especially this last one that included an ice storm!). They also have a rubber sole which is great for traction! My Sorels were probably one of the best purchases I have made in quite some time.

I have this exact pair–Joan of Arctic (I believe it’s the most popular). They have tons of different styles and looks (I find that the Joan of Arctic has a “clunky” foot, and have seen some that are a little more narrow in the foot, but that was a year or so after I bought my pair. I’m still happy with them, but just an observation)



Post # 4
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Check out sorrels. They are like a combo of both. I have all three and can tell you that I use my hunters only in rain, you can get socks for them but they aren’t really that warm So aren’t ideal for snow. The uggs are super comfy but I only use them when I’m in and out of the office or running a quick errand, as they can get soaked pretty fast. I’ll be honest and say they get gross pretty fast if you wear them in the snow, salt stains etc, and for some people the price of them makes that super Frustrating. I stI’ll love them for comfort and don’t really care what they look like And buy them knowing they will need to be replaced in a couple of yearS. For all other winter activities where I’ll be in the snow for long periods of times like sledding or shoveling I wear my sorrels. They are super warm and water proof but they arent as easy to skip on and off as uggs so they aren’t the best for quick trips. I hope that helps! 

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Post # 6
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

Hunters are VERY narrow. Just an FYI

Post # 7
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Hunters are not made for cold and snow.  Even with the fleece liner.  I wear mine in the fall and spring only; when it’s muddy and rainy. 


Post # 8
1917 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I bought a pair of Baffin boots for winter last year. They stay warm, and are waterproof and much more heavy duty than uggs or anything else I’ve tried. I like uggs because they are cozy, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in them if I need my feet to stay warm and dry. I live in MN and deal with a lot of blizzards and -30 degree and colder weather often so I needed something that would really work with deep snow and freezing temps. My Baffin boots still look brand new after an entire winter. I’ve heard good things about Sorrel too, but I bought a pair and wasn’t impressed with them personally and returned them. 

Post # 9
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hunters are made for wet weather and muddy festivals. They aren’t at all warm and even with Hunter socks they can be chilly and not very comfortable. Uggs are just fashion boots that let in the wet, ruin easily and also have horribly slippy soles.

I wear what in the UK are called “yard boots” in the winter. 

They’re made by Toggi and are high enough to keep the wet and mud out with really great non-slip soles and totally waterproof. <br /><br />That said, I’m liking the look of those Sorrels! 

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Post # 11
1677 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013


graygodess20:  I’m right there with you. I have smelly UGGs that are really good for nothing, but I always end up wearing them because they are so comfy and easy. I know a lace up design will just make it more likely that I will regress back to my UGGs–because I’m too lazy to spend more than 5 seconds putting on shoes. So far, I’ve been eyeballing these..


Post # 12
2054 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Since you’re looking for heavy duty winter boots (not just rainboots) I would recommend brands like the North Face. They are a bit pricey, but totally worth it coming from someone who owns multiple pairs of Ugg boots and other rainboots similar to Hunter’s. 

http://www.zappos.com/search/brand/610/filter/productTypeFacet/%22Shoes%22/sort/recentSales/desc?gclid=CLuBj_WNqsACFQwV7AodnTgAYA#!/search/brand/610/filter/productTypeFacet/%22Shoes%22/realBrandId/%22610%22/gender/%22womens%22/realBrandId/%22610%22/categoryFacet/%22Boots%22/sort/recentSales/desc/  (They’re not the prettiest but with the winters we’ve had these past few years they get the job done!)

Post # 13
1230 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

graygodess20:  I LOVE my Uggs. They are so warm and comfy! I haven’t found wonderful success, however, in them being waterproof (even the ones that claim they are). I loved my Hunters when I was younger- I grew up on them. When they switched to having them made in China, I’m convinced quality dropped. They are great for keeping out rain, but the fit is off and aren’t exceptionally comfortable. That being said, in my opinion, they are the best rainboots out there.

I guess it depends on what you want. Do you want something that will keep your feet toasty and warm or something that will keep them dry during a monsoon? For my money, I think I would pick Uggs, simply for the fact that we have more cold winter days than rainy weather here in Boston. 

Post # 14
12 posts

Im not a big fan of uggs (they remind me of loaves of bread haha) but I have a pair of hunters. They are awesome for that slushy winter weather with the big fleece liners but if you wear them when it gets too cold the rubber can crack and leak.

I ended up finding a great pair from the north face. The one thing I found when I had sorels was that when the faux fur gets wet it starts to get all matted which I didnt like


Good luck on the boot hunt!



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Post # 15
437 posts
Helper bee

i have uggs and hunters.  my uggs were “winterized” and still looked awful after going through the snow and ice and salt.  i actually found that my hunters weren’t too bad with the fleece lining (as far as cold is concerned), but i didn’t love the look of them with the fleece liner over the top.

i wear these boots for most of the winter to and from work.  they come in lots of different colours too! i’ve had them for a few years now and they’ve proven themselves as cute and comfy 🙂


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